University Activity Fees Used to Support Religious and Political Student Groups

TitleUniversity Activity Fees Used to Support Religious and Political Student Groups
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsLadenson, R
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,, of Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, IIT
Date Published01/2000
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAcademic Ethics , education , FREEDOM of speech
AbstractThe University of Wisconsin, like may other public universities, charges students an activities fee of which a portion goes to various student organizations. In 1997, a group of students who described themselves as conservative Christians, sued the university on the grounds that charging these fees violates their constitutional First Amendment right of free expression. They said this activity fee forces them to pay for the support of organizations on campus that they opposed on political, ideological, and religious grounds, such as Planned Parenthood or the campus Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Center.
NotesCase from the 2000 Ethics Bowl National Championship. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2000.
URLhttp://ethics.iit.edu/EEL/University Activitiy Fees
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